About YENO

Youth Enterprise Network Oldham (YENO) is a group led by local, young entrepreneurs and business leaders for young people to INSPIRE, CONNECT, and EDUCATE other young people.

YENO recognised that many young vulnerable people who find themselves disconnected from their community may not access employment or training opportunities because they are intimidated by existing provision. We therefore developed a programme of support based in community places where our target groups would be comfortable learning and host regular meetings where young people can share, learn and collaborate.

The principle of YENO is to deliver a range of careers, employability and student enterprise activities and advisory services. We meet every 2 months and have the capacity for our 30 young people at each meeting. They sessions are the perfect opportunity to get advice and guidance which is non-discriminative and completely inclusive.


Sonia K Ayaz – Chair

Sonia K Ayaz is the founder and creative director for Sonia Ayaz vegan handbags. Currently, she is the Chair of YENO, as well as former chicklet at the Entrepreneurial Spark Manchester. Recently was voted 30 under 30 up and coming entrepreneurs in Manchester. She is currently mentoring business students across local colleges.

Daniel Arundel – Vice Chair

My Names Daniel I’m 20 from Oldham and love baking. I own and run The Arundel Bakery which supplies to retailers across the country. I am Oldham’s Young Entrepreneur of the year 2016.

Wendy Brown – Finance & Membership

More info coming soon

Nathan Randles – Project Manager

Currently works for Pennine Care CAMHS in delivering service user engagement and participation.
He also has a seat on the British Youth Council’s Youth Voice Steering Group where he liaises with various Government Departments and Officials with the end goal of making them more accessible to young people.
Very much an IN-trepeneur Nathan dedicates his working life to benefiting and developing public services, particularly Mental Health services.

Career Experience: During his time on the National Citizen Service’s National Youth Board, Nathan had the opportunity to advocate directly to Former Prime Minister David Cameron on the matter of Young Peoples Mental Health Services. For his advocacy work he was awarded the Service User of the Year Award by the North West Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dillan o’connor – Schools Liasion

More info coming soon

Connor Hall – Social Media

More info coming soon

Eric, Sonia & Daniel have been supported with Grants provided by the Oldham Enterprise Trust. Nicola’s Young Enterprise programme was funded by the Oldham Enterprise Trust.

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